Featured Project : Impending by Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson, one of the year 4 Digital Media and Interaction Design students created this piece for the Visual Effects Storytelling module.   Students were asked to pitch ideas using pre-vis created in Unreal Engine to demonstrate how their ideas would work.  Andrew then chose to shoot live action footage and add visual effects based on his pitch to create the finished piece you see here.

Many thanks to Andrew for allowing us to share his work. The Visual Effects Storytelling module is run by Dr. Richard Hetherington and Andrew McKelvey.

Featured Project – Macbeth by Frida Lindblad

This piece was created by year 4 Digital Media student Frida Lindblad for the Visual Effects Storytelling module. Frida chose to create a title sequence for Macbeth, integrating 3d objects and live action footage.

Many thanks to Frida for allowing us to share her work. The Visual Effects Storytelling module is run by Dr. Richard Hetherington and Andrew McKelvey.

Featured Project : 12 Labours of a Time Traveller

In this project by Ashley, Eli, Khloe, Molly and Zak the user plays the part of a time traveller, learning about significant moments from Edinburgh’s history as they take part in an augmented reality location based game on their mobile device. The story is inspired by the 12 Labours of Heracles – some of the work from the group’s concept book showing how the story was developed can be seen below.

One of the character diamonds, with colour and backstory information
Items that users must locate within the augmented reality game
Concept images showing some of the different “Labours”

Designs showing some of the augmented reality and location based game elements.

This work was created for Digital Storytelling, one of the year 3 modules on the Digital Media and Interaction Design course.  The module is run  by Dr. Tom Flint and Fiona Stewart.  

Many thanks to the group for allowing us to share their work.

Featured Project: Interactive Oz

As can be seen from the pitch video, this project is a cross-media adventure that brings the Wizard of Oz bang up to date.  Toby, Alex, Darren and Ryan created media across several different platforms, encouraging their users to explore and piece together what has happened to the characters.

The images below show some of the media used to tell the story – sketches made by Dorothy, which were hidden within the records on website of the Emerald City hospital where she is being treated and a page from a diary.

Image from the Emerald City hospital website.
Sketches drawn by Dorothy, one of the characters in the story.
A page from the diary, allowing users to learn more abut the characters.

This work was created for Digital Storytelling, one of the year 3 modules on the Digital Media and Interaction Design course.  The module is run  by Dr. Tom Flint and Fiona Stewart.  

Many thanks to the team for allowing us to share their work.

Featured project: Murder on the Mile

The celebration of our student’s work continues with “Murder on the Mile” a concept created by Emma, Kirsty, David, Luis and Sean for their Digital Storytelling coursework.  Based on the story of Burke and Hare, the cross media adventure encourages users to explore Edinburgh whilst solving a murder mystery.

The team designed the interface to allow users to interact through their mobile devices.
One of the character designs, showing personality traits as well as visual design.

This work was created for Digital Storytelling, one of the year 3 modules on the Digital Media and Interaction Design course.  The module is run  by Dr. Tom Flint and Fiona Stewart.  

Many thanks to the team for allowing us to share their work.

Congratulations class of 2019!

Yesterday our students became our graduating class of 2019 as they crossed the stage at the Usher hall.  Here are a few pictures taken by 3rd year student Mari-Nikol Panteva and Lecturer John Morrison to celebrate.  We’re all very proud of what our graduates have achieved so far and wish them every success with whatever happens next.  Keep in touch!

Wilf crossing the stage – look at the size of the crowd – eek!

Lecturers Tom and Andrew with Martin and Lyle

Certificates!

Isa- winner of the class medal and the School of Computing KTP prize, with her supervisor Tom.

Smiles!

Kelsey, Martin, Andrew and Wilf

Rachele, Fiona and Kelsey

Lyle, Grant and Jack

Tatiana and Tom

DM Global students Luka, Antonella and Daniel with John.

Erik and Ally out front

Found a photo with Mark in!

Brilliant day – will miss you all!

 

Featured Project: Common Ground, group Visual Effects project

Common Ground presents an alternative vision of the future.

Today’s featured project has been created by Tibor, Casper, Jonatan and Alexandra as part of the year 3 Visual Effects module.  The group had to film a short sequence that was then enhanced with visual effects to help tell their story.  They chose to present a vision of the impact Brexit might have. The team created a script and detailed storyboards to ensure they captured just the right shots when working with their actors.   The final piece presents a beautifully put together (but scary!) vision of the very near future.

This work was created for the year 3 Visual Effects module run by John Morrison and Andrew McKelvey. Thank you to the team for allowing us to share it.

Guest post: Lab Stars Design Sprint by Celina Mctavish

The Week 16 team showing off the lab before the sprint

The Week 16 team showing off the lab before the sprint – the lab that needs the added sparkle!

This event is one of the “Belonging” projects at Edinburgh Napier University, where students are encouraged to get involved in developing their community.

On the 15th of May 2019, Celina McTavish (3rd year DMID student) conducted a design sprint to gather students` ideas on what “belonging” means to them and how we can use these ideas to bring a sense of community to our lab. The session was organised in four steps  with eight students who regularly use the lab.

We began with an  ice-breaker followed by a 20-minute brainstorming session where students were asked the following:

  • How would you describe “belonging”? (Write this)
  • What does “belonging” look like to you? (Draw this)
  • What are some objects that could create a sense of comfort and inclusion in a room? (draw or write)
  • What can enhance students` connection with the university? (draw or write)

Capturing ideas on what "belonging" means

Capturing ideas on what “belonging” means

Some of the ideas – it’s going to be tricky to please everyone!

Students engaged with the brainstorming session by writing and drawing their thoughts on post-it notes. To try to encourage more interactions with this session, everyone came up to the front of the room and helped organise the post-it notes into sub-categories. Grouping the ideas helped to reveal keyword answers to each question.

Celina and Wilf collect everyone’s ideas

Following this brainstorming session,  prototype sketches are being created that will be used to develop  real solutions for the lab. The design sprint is focused on collectively designing an environment that emits a sense of belonging to a community with a goal of enhancing student connection with the university.

Celina works with the group to identify key areas for development.

Celina works with the group to identify key areas for development.

Thanks to Celina Mctavish for writing this post.  There will be a follow up showing the detailed plans for the lab soon.  

Featured Project: Dancer by Karissa Lane

This gorgeous 2d animated piece has been created by Karissa Laine for the 2D animation module.  As you can see from the sample of her storyboards below, a lot of time went into ensuring the movement of the creatures was just right. You can see more of Karissa’s work here https://klaine.myportfolio.com/

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Dr. Richard Hetherington.  Thanks to Karissa for allowing us to feature her work.

 

Featured Project: Mate & Jones by Alarik Jägerhorn

Mate & Jones is a an animation by Alarik Jägerhorn, one of our second year Digital Media and Interaction Design students.  This quirky story showcases the Alarik’s art style perfectly as the concept image below shows.  You can see more of Alarik’s work here – https://www.instagram.com/alarikjagerhorn/ and here https://www.artstation.com/alarikjagerhorn 

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Dr. Richard Hetherington.  Thank you to Alarik for allowing us to share his work.

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